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High School American History I

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Learning about history allows people to see how far we have come and what awaits us on our path to the future. In this course, students will explore the history of the United States and analyze the cause and effect in historical events. They will investigate history by using the tools of a historian to examine the historical, geographic, political, economic, and sociological events that influenced the development of the United States. Students will imagine what it was like to live in the past by reading the stories from the people who experienced it. This course begins with the engaging stories of what brought the earliest American colonists to the New World and ends with the struggles to repair the United States following the Civil War. Engaging in this study allows students to recognize the themes of history that span across centuries and leads to a greater appreciation of the development of the United States and the resulting impact on world history.

Segment One

Module 01 - Settlement

  • Welcome to United States History
  • Introduction to Settlement
  • America's Geography
  • Coming to America
  • Colonial Regions
  • Colonial Document
  • Economics and Slavery
  • The Historian's Clues

Module 02 - Independence

  • Introduction to Independence
  • Impact of Colonization
  • French and Indian War
  • Colonial Unity
  • The Great Awakening
  • Give Me Liberty
  • Revolutionary Celebrities
  • Supporters of the War
  • War

Module 03 - Nationalism

  • Introduction to Nationalism
  • Interpreting History
  • Recipe for America
  • State Constitutions
  • Who has the Power?
  • We Can Make a Difference!
  • For the Common Good
  • Balancing Our Rights
  • Know Your Rights!

Module 04 - Growth

  • Introduction to Growth
  • Making a President
  • A Worthy Successor
  • American Voices
  • Jefferson Brings Change!
  • Heroes of the Wild
  • We Will Not Fall!

Segment Two

Module 05 - Movement

  • Introduction to Movement
  • It's Manifest Destiny!
  • Treaties with the Native Population
  • A Native Dilemma
  • Keep the Peace
  • New Land!
  • Pioneer Women
  • Train's Leavin'!
  • Great Rivers
  • Friend or Foe, Mexico?

Module 06 - Advances

  • Introduction to Advances
  • Innovations
  • Inventions
  • Factory Workers
  • Growing Cities!
  • Development and Business Expansion
  • ¬†A Southern View
  • ¬†Populism
  • Jacksonian Democracy
  • War on the Bank!

Module 07 - Ideas

  • Introduction to Ideas
  • Are You Awake?
  • Inside Slavery
  • Join the Resistance!
  • Her Rights
  • The Mighty Pen
  • Important Political Authors
  • Bring on the Reform!
  • Education Reform

Module 08 - Conflict

  • Introduction to Conflict
  • A Nation Divided
  • Conflicting Authority
  • Taking Sides
  • Shots Fired!
  • The Cost of Conflict
  • Emancipation?
  • Reconstruction
  • Post Reconstruction